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My Life with JJ

Tom and JJ at the top of Mt Rose overlooking Lake SuperiorI was teamed with JJ in October, 2012.  I’m sure he had no idea what he was getting into!  Since then, he has been adopted as a member of a Fur Trade re-enactment organization and has been traveling in canoes, guiding me through large colonial encampments and listening to fifes, drums, and canons – to which he is now accustomed.

He also likes banjos and has traveled nearly all of the southern states with my wife and I, who are “Oldtime Appalachian” musicians.  JJ has been on stage with me in West Virginia and at concerts, festivals and countless numbers of fiddle and banjo workshops throughout the south.  He is very popular wherever he goes, and usually draws more attention than my fiddle does.

Throughout all these travels, JJ allows me to walk with confidence and to be relaxed at a good pace – even on narrow mountain trails.

Tom Garrett

Tom and JJ on stage at Allegheny Echoes